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Nokia C5-03

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 Nokia C5-03 Available now
14th October 2010

The Nokia C5-03 is a low cost touchscreen phone, offering 3.5G support, WiFi and GPS in a package that should retail for about €170 before tax and subsidy.

Similar in specification to the C6-01 (and not to be confused with other "C5" Nokia phones) the C5-03 makes some compromises along the way to keep the price down.

Perhaps the most important difference between the C5-03 and C6-01 is the display. Both handsets have a 3.2" 360 x 640 pixel panel, but the C5-03 uses a cheaper resistive touchscreen rather than the capacitive one in the C6-01. Resistive panels are much less responsive than capacitive ones, something that you are more likely to notice if you use a cheap touchscreen after being used to a high-end device. You can use the C5-03 with an optional stylus though, which might suit some users.

 Nokia C5-03 The operating system is the older Symbian^1 platform (the familiar S60 5th Edition used in several past Nokia touchscreens). On the back is a 5 megapixel camera with fairly basic video capture capabilities that max out at 640 x 352 pixels at 15 fps. The C5-03's camera doesn't come with a flash function either.

Internal memory is just 40MB, but Nokia do include a 2GB microSD card in the standard sales package, and the C5-03 can support cards of up to 16GB. The Nokia C5-03 is a 3.5G phone with HSDPA download speeds of up to 10.2Mbps and uploads of up to 2Mbps, plus WiFi connectivity.

The C5-03 also comes with GPS and is supplied with Ovi Maps Navigation, so it should make a pretty good personal navigation device. There's also a good quality media player, FM radio and 3.5mm audio connector.

 Nokia C5-03 Software includes the usual set of Symbian S60 applications plus social networking and web mail support, and the integrated web browser should work well with the high-resolution display.

The C5-03 is a lot lighter than its more upmarket sibling, coming in at just 93 grams rather than the C6-01's 131 grams. Physically, both units are roughly the same size with the C5-03 coming in at 106 x 51 x 14mm. The C5-03's 1000 mAh battery is quoted as giving up to 4.5 hours talktime and 24 days standby time on 3G.

Compared to the C6-01, the best thing about the C5-03 is the price. Nokia are pitching the C5-03 at just €170 before sales tax and carrier subsidy, compared to €260 for the C6-01. But in our view, the C6-01 is a much better handset and is definitely worth the extra cost over the rather more basic C5-03.

Nokia say that the C5-03 should be available at the end of the year in Graphite Black, Lime Green, Petrol Blue and Aluminium Grey colour schemes. 

Nokia C5-03 at a glance


Q4 2010


GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 +
UMTS 900 / 1900 / 2100




3.2" 360 x 640 pixels, 16m colours


5 megapixels


Tablet smartphone
106 x 51 x 14mm / 93 grams



Memory card:











Symbian^1 (S60 5th Edition)

Battery life:

4.5 hours talk / 24 days standby (3G)

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